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A Level: Physics at De Lisle College

Course description

Physics is challenging. It takes an agile and dedicated mind, and an ability to follow a problem through to the very end. It needs a mind that can find the essential principles and ask the right questions in the right way.

It needs a mind that is interested in ideas rather than just facts. It needs a mind that can investigate the universe and understand what happens.

Physics helps us to explore what rules the universe obeys and what happens when those rules are stretched to extremes such as in black holes or in the movements of the very smallest parts of the atom. It asks philosophical questions on the nature of reality, time and space.

Physics is at the heart of the modern world.

Course content

The course includes the following units:

Advanced Physics 1:

Physics on the move (30% of the total marks for this qualification).
This unit involves the study of mechanics, electric circuits, further mechanics, electric and magnetic fields and nuclear and particle physics.

Advanced Physics 2:

Physics from creation to collapse (30% of the total marks for this qualification). This unit involves the study of materials, waves and particle nature of light, thermodynamics, space, nuclear radiation, gravitational fields and oscillations.

Paper 3: General and practical principles in physics (40% of the total marks for this qualification). This paper can draw on any of the topics in the specification. It will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics.

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Physics or 6/6 in Double Science.


For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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Future opportunities

Qualifications in Physics lead to jobs in medicine, engineering, the military, astronomy, transport, computing, telecommunications, aeronautics, nanotechnology, physiotherapy and journalism, as well as many branches of design and technology. An understanding of the systems on which the world works is invaluable to modern companies and will have applications in the most unexpected places.

Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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